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By the way, it's now six days to the photo shoot and counting, and yesterday, well... it wasn't a great day as far as eating and moving go.
What happened? I tried to cut my calories down too hard. One taste of the leg of lamb I served for dinner, and I just broke. It probably didn't help that there was some chardonnay in the house, and that I thought, "A little won't hurt." It hurt. My resolve was broken, and I ended up over-eating. How many times do I have to learn this lesson? For me, severe under-eating just leads to crazy over eating.
We all have different gifts. I can sing the C above the staff, but I still can't do an unassisted pull up. Some fitness enthusiasts can fast or cut calories hard without breaking and bingeing, but I just can't seem to. So I guess that means reasonable calorie deficits, intense workouts that last 45 minutes or less, and lots of patience, are going to be the foundation of my continuing transformation. "Sigh". It's not new, or exciting, or some kind of revelation, but there is a pretty big silver lining.
If I'm Not in Such a Darn Hurry, I Can Enjoy Eating and Training Again.
I can eat pretty luxuriously on about 1400 calories a day, and if I'm not trying to kill it in the gym, I can focus on form and enjoy my training again. What a relief. Looking back over the past few months, I've been asking myself to do things that I would never recommend to a client. I think I need to treat my body and mind with a little more respect, and maybe even give myself a break every once in a while.
I just finished my 4 Week Body Lift training session and I feel exhilarated, not at all wiped out. I am not a natural endurance athlete. I love to walk but running just hurts. I've never experienced an endorphin rush from a long endurance workout, but I did get one just 20 minutes ago when I finished my intervals. I'm beginning to believe that a great deal of the conventional wisdom that we learn about fitness is based on what we know about natural endurance athletes. It could be that we need to spend more time figuring out what kind of exercise feels good, and then incorporate that into our routines. It's the same with eating. Nobody wants to follow an eating plan full of unsatisfying food.
At any rate. Pictures are six days away, but instead of freaking out, I think I'll go back and re-read "Be Beautiful Now," take a deep breath, and have a little patience.